No. 2: Teachable Moments

Lessons from last week, brought to you by Tesla, Suit Supply, Lola Bunny, and NBA All-Star Weekend

As I have previously mentioned, this newsletter is a reboot of a decade-old property called The Daily Bunch. And this is the sequel to last week’s first installment, which puts me in the precarious spot of reboot sequel, a feat rarely executed with grace nor aplomb. I am going to do my best to make it more The Dark Knight than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by trying something new, putting on my Professor Bunch tweed jacket to share a few key learnings from last week:

On the topic of sequels and reboots, ICYMI (and I truly hope you did) we found out that there is a vocal minority1 who really want their cartoon bunnies to be sexier.

Just when it seemed Greg Abbott was in the biggest hurry to return to normal, Suit Supply came along and said “hold my lube.”

In less pervy news: Yes, Tesla is adding a secret “mega battery” to the Texas grid just outside Houston. No, Elon Musk did not die in a battery explosion.

With more companies embracing remote work, are ‘Zoom towns’ the new normal or a micro-sized Gutenberg Parenthesis2?

Ghost and virtual kitchens are either the future of restaurants or maybe just post-pandemic mall food courts.

Despite objections from one-name superstars like LeBron, Kawhi, and Giannis, NBA All-Star festivities took place in Atlanta, giving us a host of takeaways, such as:

  1. The league might have been a bit naive about how subdued Atlanta was going to be when they came to town.

  2. In case you had any doubts, Steph Curry can still shoot.

  3. The dunk contest’s ability to take some of the most athletic feats in all of sport3 and make them remarkably boring is truly unmatched.

  4. Similarly, watching the best players in the world put up 320 points is not as fun as it sounds.

  5. People are still all about NBA Top Shot, with 200,000 people jumping in the virtual queue for the chance to buy one of 35,000 Rising Stars packs for $199/each.

After several weeks of unchecked hype surrounding NFTs (including NBA Top Shot), the backlash came last week, as critics started calling out that the accompanying environmental impact is a little bit awful.

Concerns over the environmental impact of blockchain-based collectibles didn’t stop Twitter and Square founder/CEO Jack Dorsey from turning his historic first tweet into an NFT4. Maybe he just needed some extra liquidity to buy music streaming platform Tidal from his sailing buddy?

Finally, we should all pour an oaty one out for Wilford Brimley:

1

God, I hope it’s a minority. The hilarious part of this particular internet scandal is that the image making the rounds as proof that cancel culture had come for Lola Bunny was not actually a shot from Michael Jordan installment of Space Jam; it was later discovered to be erotic fan art (don’t worry, the link is SFW).

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“The idea that the post-Gutenberg era — the period from, roughly, the 15th century to the 20th, an age defined by textuality — was essentially an interruption in the broader arc of human communication. And that we are now, via the discursive architecture of the web, slowly returning to a state in which orality — conversation, gossip, the ephemeral — defines our media culture.”

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If you didn’t tune in, Mike Camerlengo gives a good 2-minute summary of the dunk contest below:

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This historic fifteen-year-old tweet could be yours for a cool $2.5 million on the NFT marketplace Valuables: